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[06/01/12 - 08:28 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Repeats Best Originals on ABC, FOX
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for thursday, may 31, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

CBS (7.41 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) proved to be the network to beat on Thursday despite its all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.70 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Rules of Engagement" (6.54 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Person of Interest" (7.39 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "The Mentalist" (7.23 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

ABC (5.88 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then had to settle for second place with week two of "Duets" (5.89 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and "Rookie Blue" (5.84 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

Next up was FOX (4.65 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a special "Touch" (4.61 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) followed by the season finale of "Touch" (4.69 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.71 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up encores of "The Office" (2.36 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), another "The Office" (2.19 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "America's Got Talent" (3.90 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) and another "America's Got Talent" (4.95 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

And finally, the debut of "Breaking Pointe" (0.96 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and a repeat of "The Catalina" (0.47 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (0.71 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Pointe" posted a 0.5 rating while "Catalina" delivered a 0.3 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Rookie Blue
-11.76% - Duets
-27.78% - Touch (vs. 5/17/12)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-7.14% - Touch - 9:00 (vs. Glee (Repeat))
-25.00% - Breaking Pointe (vs. The Vampire Diaries (Repeat))
-53.57% - Touch - 8:00 (vs. So You Think You Can Dance 8)
-61.34% - Duets (vs. Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night/NBA Countdown/NBA Finals, Game 2)
-74.55% - Rookie Blue (vs. NBA Finals, Game 2)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.3/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.2/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.5/4 with an encore.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/5 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 with an encore in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (6/2/11):

ABC (10.96 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1) coasted to victory on Thursday with its coverage of the "NBA Finals, Game 2" (13.13 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1). Kicking off the evening were the pre-game specials "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (6.17 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T5) and "NBA Countdown" (7.10 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3).

FOX (5.98 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then got bumped to second place with a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (7.74 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) and a repeat of "Glee" (4.23 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9).

Next up was CBS (7.93 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with its all-repeat mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.36 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4), "Rules of Engagement" (6.70 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T5), "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (7.98 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and "The Mentalist" (8.79 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.56 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up encores of "Community" (2.59 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), "30 Rock" (2.31 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), "The Office" (2.89 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #10) and "Parks & Recreation" (2.52 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11) alongside the debut of "Love Bites" (2.53 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.04 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "Nikita" (1.02 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) on The CW (1.03 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): So You Think You Can Dance (-12.50%).

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6 with an encore. ABC's "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" were delayed by an NBA overrun.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.8/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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